Two dead after head-on crash on I-8

Two dead after head-on crash on I-8

YUMA, Ariz. – Two people are dead after they crashed head-on on Interstate 8.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials say Dorothy Paul, 80, was driving eastbound on the westbound lanes on I-8 near Giss Parkway when she collided head-on with David E. Bealer.

Paul, a Yuma resident, was pronounced dead on scene Tuesday morning according to officials.

Bealer was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center and was later taken to a Phoenix area hospital, however he also died from his injuries during transportation.

Bealer was the superintendent at San Pasqual Valley Unified School District in Winterhaven and was on his way to work when the accident happened, according to district officials.

We contacted the district for comment but they declined out of respect for Bealer’s family and issued this statement instead:

“It is with the greatest of sadness that we deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our Superintendent, Dr. David E. Bealer.  The district has been informed that Dr. Bealer was involved in a car accident on Tuesday morning on his way to work.  We send our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his family.  We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.”

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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